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Topic - A tip for sport climbers

dunc56 - on 26 Feb 2013
Just climbing in France at the moment. A bit of sport don't you know. My girlfriend reached a belay station and shouted down - "I can;t get the krab undone." She had attached to the belay rings with a sling and attached said sling to her harness using a screwgate - an old screwgate.

No problem thought I. She can belay me up and I'll be able to get it undone. 30 Minutes later we were both cold and wondering how you get a krab undone or cut a sling without a knife or any other tools. Eventually, I blew on the krab for a while to warm the gate and it came undone. Praise the lord!

Possible lessons learned.

1. Always check old screwgates, lube where necessary and bin dodgy ones.

2. Always carry a knife or some such implement.

Any similar stories or comments ? I have done a fair bit of climbing and have never been in the situation where a climber was effectively stuck attached to the wall 15 metres up !
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